Area code overlay approved for the Alabama 205 area code


To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 659 area code will be added to the area served by the 205 area code, which is known as an area code overlay.

An overlay is the addition of another area code to the same geographic region as an existing area code, however, it does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Commission adopts logging notice ordinance

BY DOUG SANDERS JR., Correspondent

The Pickens County Commission recently adopted a new logging notice system that went into effect this week which will set up guidelines for timber owners and loggers.

The Commission held an extremely brief meeting on March 26, lasting a total of six minutes. First, the Commission made a motion to adopt the ordinance, to take effect April 1, and it was unanimously approved. Then, they voted unanimously to appoint County Engineer Clint Terry to be the license inspector responsible for enforcing the ordinance.

Reform Council: City’s water treatment system greatly improved


The Reform Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19 began with Mayor Bennie Harton discussing the quotes for the light repairs at the city park. Harton said the park director took a careful count of the park’s lights to determine exactly how many were needing replaced. Mills Electric had given the city a quote for approximately 40 lights being out, when the count was actually lower.

Pellet plant celebrates 365 days accident free

Pinnacle Renewable Energy celebrated 365 days of no workplace accidents on Wednesday, March 13th.


Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant celebrated safety last Wednesday evening, inviting all employees and several members of the community to partake in a cookout at the plant on Highway 17. The celebration was called for, as the plant had gone 365 days with no workplace accidents. General Manager Ritu Linhart introduced each of the team leaders, managers, and employees and recognized them for their role in achieving this milestone. The plant achieved the milestone on January 21st and has remained accident free since then, as well.

People of Pickens: Jeanette Filpi

Jeanette Filpi


Jeanette Filpi recently moved to Pickens County to serve as the CEO of the Pickens County Medical Center. Filpi has been in Pickens County for just over two weeks now and is looking to make a difference at the PCMC and in the local community. She sat down with Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton for the inaugural publication of ‘People of Pickens’.


Q: How did you end up hearing about the PCMC opportunity?

Aliceville Council: Chief wants storage fee in police department fund


Mayor Marva Gipson was out last meeting due to sickness, but two meetings ago Police Chief Tonnie Jones asked Gipson and the council about the possibility of storing vehicles in the gated lot by the police department for a small storage free, to be deposited into the police department’s fund. This discussion was brought up again during the Aliceville council on Wednesday, March 13th.

Everett Owens named Aliceville Citizen of the Year

Everett Owens is awarded the Citizen of the Year award by Donny Sanders at the Aliceville Chamber Banquet last Tuesday night.


Everett Owens was named Aliceville’s Citizen of the Year for 2018 at the Aliceville Chamber of Commerce banquet last Tuesday.

“I’m very humble, very thankful, and very appreciative, but I’m also aware that this has not been done just by me alone,” Owens said.

“I have a wonderful support system and surprisingly they’re all here tonight. I know you’ve all heard the old saying that ‘Behind every successful man, there stands a woman, rolling her eyes’,” Owens joked.

Gordo Council: City to enter partnership with Dixie Youth board


The Gordo City Council began their meeting on Monday, March 4th by listening to a proposal by Shawn McDaniel of the Gordo Dixie Youth board. The proposal asked the council to consider the board and city working together in a partnership to raise money to renovate the fields.

“What we’re asking is that if we raise $50,000, that the city, being a city park, and holding that responsibility, would the city park be willing to come that, to raise $50,000?”

Mayor: ‘Fuel tax could be good thing for Carrollton’


The Carrollton council began on Thursday, March 7th by discussing a surplus of an old 1-ton pickup truck. Mayor Mickey Walker said he would like for the city to either trade or sell the pickup. Walker said there was also a surplus on an old Army fifth-wheel truck that the council needed to make a motion to trade or sell.

Pickens County HOSA members win state honors

From left, Alexia Bishop-Sommerville, Cheyenne Livingston, Anthony Guy, Riley Campbell, Laci Sanders, Madison Acker, Blake Bridges, Joshua Williams, Daniel Carr, John Harless, and Tyler Britt.

Members of the Pickens County College & Career Center Health Science/PLTW chapter of HOSA recently attended the Alabama State HOSA competitive events in Montgomery where members representing Aliceville High School, Gordo High School, Pickens County High School and Pickens Academy participated in various health-related competitions.

Commission: Sapps Community Center enters new lease agreement

Pickens County Commission members


The Pickens County Commission meeting on February 26, 2019 began with commissioner Jerry Fitch making a motion to add an item to the agenda regarding changing the name of the Sapps Community Center to Sapps Multi-Purpose Center, Inc. However, Commission Administrator Cheryl Bowles said that the commission would not need to vote on the name change.

Aliceville Council: Parks and Recreation committee appointed

Aliceville councilman Terrence Windham talks to the council and attendees about bringing youth soccer to the city.


Mayor Pro-tem Warren Lavender led the Aliceville City Council meeting on February 27, as Mayor Marva Gipson was ill Wednesday evening. The first order of unfinished business discussed was to activate the Parks and Recreation committee and establish the proposed members' terms. 


Pickens County Medical Center Welcomes New CEO

Jeanette Filpi

Boa Vida Healthcare in coordination with the Pickens County Medical Center Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Jeanette Filpi to serve as CEO of PCMC beginning March 4th, 2019. 

Ms. Filpi comes to us with a clinical as well as an administrative background, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University. 

Blakney and Aliceville First Baptist recognized for work with Operation Christmas Child

West Alabama area coordinators for Operation Christmas Child Chuck and Kristy Gross presented Frieda Blakney (center) with a plaque for her service as the drop-off center coordinator for Aliceville Baptist Church.


On Sunday, February 10, Frieda Blakney was presented with a plaque for her dedication and service for the last five years as the coordinator for Aliceville First Baptist Church’s Operation Christmas Child drop-off center. Chuck and Kristy Gross, the West Alabama area coordinators for Operation Christmas Child, presented the plaque to Blakney during the Sunday morning service. Aliceville First Baptist was honored for five years of serving as a drop-off center, as the church became a drop-off location in August 2014.


The County Commission article titled “Commission: Property Taxes to remain the Same” which appeared in the Feb.

Ghost Girls hold paranormal investigation at courthouse

Ghost Girls Lesley Hyde (left), Heather Lawrence (center), and Gordo Mayor Craig Patterson (right) gave visitors haunted history and paranormal investigation tours.


An organization called ‘Ghost Girls’ held a paranormal investigation at the Historic Pickens County Courthouse on Saturday, February 9th and many folks came from near and far for the opportunity to go on a live ghost hunt. Ghost Girls was founded by friends Lesley Hyde and Heather Lawrence because of their interest in the paranormal.

Search, candlelight vigil held for missing woman

Genia Deason, niece of missing woman Janet Hamner, speaks to members of the press in the parking lot of Moe’s Travel Plaza on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Six months to the day Coker woman Janet Hamner went missing, a search was conducted by her family members on Tuesday, Feb. 11 — also her 60th birthday.

Family members and other volunteers searched along side Highway 82 and wooded areas between the former Dunn’s store back to the Pickens County line. A candlelight vigil was held afterwards.